I took this out of the library to attempt a reread Still don't care for it. As noted, no changes. Oh my goodness aren't we brave to tell re-tell American history this way?
DebsHelen Kellerthe Rev. Daniel BerriganCindy Sheehan. My hero is not Theodore Rooseveltwho loved war and congratulated a general after a massacre of Filipino villagers at the turn of the century, but Mark Twainwho denounced the massacre and satirized imperialism. Our people are basically decent and caring, and our highest ideals are expressed in the Declaration of Independencewhich says that all of us have an equal right to " life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Instead of restating the same history that has been presented for centuries, Zinn states that he prefers to tell history from the perspective of the Arawaks, which many people are not familiar with. He describes the purpose of Columbus' expedition and his brutality towards the natives after his arrival.
Not only does he use firsthand account of witnesses to Columbus' presence in the islands, he also provides statistics of native casualties to present this different side of history. Zinn writes of the methods by which he says racism was created artificially in order to enforce the economic system.
He argues that racism is not natural because there are recorded instances of camaraderie and cooperation between black slaves and white servants in escaping from and in opposing their subjugation. Chapter 3, "Persons of Mean and Vile Condition" describes Bacon's Rebellionthe economic conditions of the poor in the colonies, and opposition to their poverty.
Zinn uses Nathaniel Bacon 's rebellion to assert that "class lines hardened through the colonial period".
Zinn argues that the Founding Fathers agitated for war to distract the people from their own economic problems and to stop popular movements, a strategy that he claims the country's leaders would continue to use in the future.
Chapter 5, "A Kind of Revolution" covers the war and resistance to participating in war, the effects on the Native American people, and the continued inequalities in the new United States. When the land of veterans of the Revolutionary War was seized for non-payment of taxes, it led to instances of resistance to the government, as in the case of Shays' Rebellion.
Zinn wrote that "governments - including the government of the United States - are not neutral If you look through high school textbooks and elementary school textbooks in American history, you will find Andrew Jackson the frontiersman, soldier, democrat, man of the people — not Jackson the slaveholder, land speculator, executioner of dissident soldiers, exterminator of Indians.
Zinn writes that President James Polk agitated for war for the purpose of imperialism.
Zinn argues that the war was unpopular, but that some newspapers of that era misrepresented the popular sentiment. Zinn writes that the large-scale violence of the war was used to end slavery instead of the small-scale violence of the rebellions because the latter may have expanded beyond anti-slavery, resulting in a movement against the capitalist system.
He writes that the war could limit the freedom granted to African-Americans by allowing the government control over how that freedom was gained. Chapter 10, "The Other Civil War", covers the Anti-Rent movementthe Dorr Rebellionthe Flour Riot ofthe Molly Maguiresthe rise of labor unionsthe Lowell girls movement, and other class struggles centered around the various depressions of the 19th century.
He describes the abuse of government power by corporations and the efforts by workers to resist those abuses.
The Teller Amendment is discussed.Chapter 6: The Intimately Oppressed It is possible, reading standard histories, to forget half the population of the country.
The explorers were men, the landholders and merchants men, the political leaders men, the military figures men. Zinn utters perhaps the most honest words of A People’s History of the United States in the conclusion of the book’s edition, conceding that his work is “a biased account.” “I am.
Zinn's A People's History of the United States: The Oppressed Dr. Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States might be better titled A Proletarian's History of the United States. A People's History of the United States is the only volume to tell America's story from the point of view of -- and in the words of -- America's women.
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Native Americans, working poor, and immigrant laborers/5(). Review: Voices of a People's History of the United States User Review - mim - Goodreads. I started reading this book this month and I started towards the back with more recent history my time, the Viet Nam war/5(2).
Since its original landmark publication in , A People's History of the United States has been chronicling American history from the bottom up, throwing out the official version of history taught in schools—with its emphasis on great men in high places—to focus on the street, the home, and the, workplace.